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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by TupacalipseT96, May 6, 2008.

  1. TupacalipseT96

    TupacalipseT96 R U Still Down? 7+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    What in the beezy is Interfolio?

    Do most people use it? In all my years creeping around the pre-med advising office, I never heard it mentioned. Now I'm seeing it here.

    Can't I just have my school's pre-med office send my LORs directly to AAMC (or to wherever the LOR-stork normally takes them)? Or must I too use this interfolio business?
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  3. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    No to the directly to AAMC...Interfolio just makes it a whole lot easier if you are applying to more than 5 or 6 schools....

    You can have your Writers upload the letters electronically to your interfolio account, and then you can send them out to the individual schools...I would recommend it if you plan on applying to 15 or so schools.
  4. TupacalipseT96

    TupacalipseT96 R U Still Down? 7+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    but how do medical schools know you haven't read your own LORs?

    Or do they not?
  5. Chemist0157

    Chemist0157 10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    There's a confidential option that you choose, and it prevents you from reading the letters. This is seen by the recipients of the LORs.
  6. bodonid

    bodonid Dr. Spaceman 5+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Our premed office just makes copies, charges a buck per school beyond 6, and has all writers send to the premed office directly. I had never heard of it 'til SDN either.
  7. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy" 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Actually, things are changing this year where the AAMC will accept letters and send them to certain schools for you (the ones that have that set up).
  8. iduwanna

    iduwanna 2+ Year Member

    May 2, 2008
    This should be standardized, but unfortunately, very few schools are accepting letters from AMCAS.
  9. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Not everyone has a pre-med office. My understanding is that you ask someone for a LOR, sign a statement waiving your right to read it, and the LOR writer sends the letter to Interfolio. The people at Interfolio attest that the letter came directly from the writer. At your request, Interfolio sends the letters to the schools.
  10. kami333

    kami333 10+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    Everything I know and heard about Interfolio has been more positive than using premed office/VirtualEval.

    1) I haven't seen any post regarding Interfolio screwing up your LORs. I have heard countless horror stories from friends and on SDN of lost/mixed up/delayed/forgotten LORs when going through pre-med offices

    2) They allow you to select LORs by school. I think this is a huge advantage over VirtualEval since you only send the letters requested and no extras, ie no need to send DO letter to MD schools.

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